Deanna spent most of her life in Colorado before moving to Washington state. There she earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and then went onto earn her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and teaching license from the University of Colorado in Denver. After teaching various grades in elementary school for eight years, she moved to Port Angeles, Washington to pursue a different route in Environmental Education teaching for a non-profit organization, NatureBridge. She soon realized her lifelong passion of teaching students in the outdoors witnessing their curiosity and wonder come alive. Deanna lived in Port Angeles and taught both students and educators while working for NatureBridge for the past five years before coming to Wenatchee River Institute.
Outside of work, Deanna loves to trail run, hike, paddleboard, kayak, cross-country ski, take pictures, and just be in nature! She most recently took up watercolor art and is looking forward to developing this hobby more. Deanna absolutely loves seeing kids explore, learn, and grow while being outside and is excited to explore more of the Cascades.